• Pujols started at designated hitter for a second straight game Monday, with Scioscia calling it "a double-up recharge day." Pujols, expected to return to first base Tuesday, hadn't started back-to-back games at DH since June 28-29.
• Closer Huston Street and setup man Joe Smith each appeared in all three games against the Rangers over the weekend, making them unavailable for the series opener against the Red Sox.
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